Court Cases

Uncle Sam Steps Aside and Lawsuit by One Fed Against Two Others Moves Forward

By on February 2, 2011 in Court Cases, Current Events with 13 Comments

The Justice Department’s refusal to certify that federal employees were acting within the scope of their employment, together with a recent district court decision, has left two federal employees facing a lawsuit by a fellow employee charging them with various torts including libel. The expense and headache of the lawsuit now falls back on the defendants.

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Passing Along Problem From One Agency to Another

By on January 18, 2011 in Court Cases, Current Events with 9 Comments

The Farm Service Agency, USDA, eventually found that a human resources assistant had previously worked out a settlement with a previous federal employer to undo her removal by that agency. Her new employer also had serious problems with the employee and fired her. The case went to federal court.

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Former IG Goes to Court to Try to Save His Job

By on January 6, 2011 in Court Cases, Current Events with 1 Comment

An agency Inspector General, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2007 and fired by President Obama a few months after he took office, was recently handed a defeat in his lawsuit in which he attempted to overturn his firing.

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The "I Used to Live in Italy" Defense Doesn't Hold Up

By on November 3, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A federal employee said he had lived in Italy for 10 years and the culture was more “touchy/feely” after he was in trouble for unwanted physical contact with women. He rejected a “last chance agreement” with his agency as “too onerous.” He is now a former federal employee after a recent court decision.

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No Federal Survivor Annuity After 35 Years of Marriage

By on October 13, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 1 Comment

After some thirty-five years of marriage, a woman filed for divorce. Before the divorce was finalized, her husband retired from the Army. He elected a survivor’s annuity for his spouse even though they were in the process of getting a divorce. When the ex wife filed paperwork with OPM to receive her survivor annuity after her former husband died, the agency turned her down and the court upholds the ruling to deny her the annuity.

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Circuit Court Grants Federal Employee Right to File Action Against Agencies for Claims Lost at Agency Level

In a major federal employee upset, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently changed the way federal employees and agencies may approach partial relief in future discrimination claims.

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Federal Employee Death Benefits: The Daughter is Not Her Mother's Spouse

By on September 21, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

Here’s a rather bizarre case revolving around who should be paid death benefits for a federal employee whose husband was found in a civil court case to have been responsible for her death.

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Removal of Air Force Nurse Upheld Despite "Discomfort With Harshness" of the Penalty

By on September 20, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

If a table of penalties says “reprimand to removal” for the first offense, is that suspect when a third party reviews a case? In an Air Force case, a registered nurse is fired and stays fired despite the court’s “discomfort with the harshness” of the removal penalty.

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A Bad Day in Court

By on August 31, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

A U.S. Marshals Service Detention Security Officer (DSO) recently had a bad day in court. The DSO was unable to persuade the court to toss a lawsuit brought against her individually by a Public Defender in the District of Columbia who did not appreciate being partially strip searched in front of a male officer and prisoners.

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Storing Weapons in Abandoned Vehicle Leads to Removal of Army Employee

By on August 26, 2010 in Court Cases, Current Events with 0 Comments

An Army civilian police officer charged with improper storage of personal firearms after storing weapons and ammunition in an abandoned vehicle was fired. He charged that the penalty was too severe and went to federal court to prove his case. It didn’t work though and he remains fired.

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